White Sox: Five best players of the 2010s
Chris Sale was one of the most talented pitchers to ever lace them up for the Chicago White Sox. He was a legit Cy Young threat every single season he played it seemed like. The White Sox have had some more successful pitchers in terms of wins and losses but it is hard to say they have had as many with as much raw talent as Sale. He used his powerful fastball and his wicked slider to punch out opponents as good as any pitcher in the league.
Sale played for the White Sox all the way from the 2010 season until the 2016 season. He had top-10 Cy Young voting in five of those seasons. He wasn’t just one of the best pitchers on the White Sox in the decade, he was one of the best pitchers in the entire world. He had a White Sox career ERA of 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.065. The White Sox only finished over .500 once in Sales career yet he had a record of 74-50. He added in 1244 strikeouts during that time.
Chris Sale was traded away after the White Sox finished a miserable 2016 season. He was elite that year as usual but the team finished way lower in the standings than they should have. They knew that they needed a rebuild and he wouldn’t fit the timeline to be a part of it. They traded him away to the Boston Red Sox and got Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech amongst others in return. It is well documented as a strong deal for both teams. The White Sox had some great players this decade and Chris Sale was the best of them all. Hopefully, the 2020s are much more kind to this team.